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At Least 22 Killed as Fire Engulfs Lithium Battery Plant in South Korea

On Monday, a tragic incident unfolded at a lithium battery plant in Hwaseong, South Korea, resulting in a massive fire that claimed the lives of at least 22 people and left eight others injured. The fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. local time at the Aricell plant, a South Korean battery manufacturer. It took firefighters […]

At Least 22 Killed as Fire Engulfs Lithium Battery Plant in South Korea
At Least 22 Killed as Fire Engulfs Lithium Battery Plant in South Korea

On Monday, a tragic incident unfolded at a lithium battery plant in Hwaseong, South Korea, resulting in a massive fire that claimed the lives of at least 22 people and left eight others injured. The fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. local time at the Aricell plant, a South Korean battery manufacturer. It took firefighters until after 3 p.m. to fully extinguish the blaze.

Among the deceased were 18 Chinese laborers and one Laotian worker, according to reports. The nationality of the remaining three victims has yet to be confirmed. This incident highlights the dangers associated with lithium batteries, which are crucial components in electric vehicles, laptops, and smartphones.

South Korea, a leading exporter of lithium batteries, hosts several major companies in the sector, including SK On, LG Energy Solution, and Samsung SDI. Following the tragedy, President Yoon Suk-yeol directed authorities to deploy all available resources to support the rescue and recovery efforts.

Due to the thick smoke emanating from the fire, local authorities in Hwaseong issued advisories urging residents to remain indoors and close their windows to avoid exposure. Thermal runaway, a phenomenon where lithium batteries overheat or are punctured, leading to explosions or fires, is a known risk associated with these types of batteries.

The incident has sparked widespread concern and condolences, with investigations expected to determine the exact cause of the fire and to prevent such tragedies in the future.

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